It was Walter Pater (in the late 1800’s poet and tutor) he and his ‘band’ that just out of a weird coincidence were all homosexuals (his ‘lover’ William Money Hardinge, John Addington Symonds, his buddy Alfred Pretor, Symond’s Latin Prof. John Conington, Edward Carpenter…etc) , originally began this fiasco of a theory in Oxford.
We find them introducing a totally new ‘theory’, in which Platonic love has nothing to do with “phyche” but is totally based on phisical attraction.
Later we find a list of wanna-be ‘historians’ of Hellenic sexuality, see: Michel Foucault, John Boswell, John Winkler and David Halperin..etc that were or are homosexuals striving to make some connection between homosexuality and Hellenism. The reason, of course, is simple. The Hellenes have always been viewed as a model of civilisation. So what better way to justify their sexual preference than by connecting it to the greatness of the Hellenic civilization and by doing so, legitimising same-sex?
While today with the words ‘heterosexual’ and ‘homosexual’ (note that both terms including lesbianism were coined after Pater and Co’s fiasco of a theory) we simply denote the sexual preference of an individual. The ancient Hellines on the other hand, while had, absolutely no form of definition for ‘heterosexuals’.. used the term ‘κιναίδος’ (kinaidos).. in order to describe ‘homosexuals’ and their preference..
Why this is of some interest/significance some may wonder… as I said, while the terms today simply define one’s sexual preference, the term ‘κιναίδος’ (kinaidos) actually shows us what they believed.. In order to approach this, we’ll take Epicletus account who has written: ‘the beginning of knowledge comes from the analysis of names’… so we have :
‘κιναίδος‘ (kinaidos) = “he who ‘κινεί την αιδώ’ (kinei ten aido)
‘κινέω’ (kineo) = to move , to meddle with things sacred” and
‘Αιδώς’ (aidos) = “the personification of a conscience, of shame”
hence why the comprehensive “Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon” defines the activity of ‘κιναιδεία’ (kinaideia) as “unnatural lust”
So in reality the very word’s meaning is ‘he who provokes Αιδώς’ (shame).. we see to speak of acceptance when the very term used to describe them indicates their beliefs which was that homosexuals ‘provoke shame’ is rediculous. Also, we should not neglect to mention the well known fact that whoever meddle with ‘Αιδώς’ (Aidos) was always paid a visit by her companion Nemesis.